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Jeff E. Schapiro is a political reporter and columnist for The Richmond Times-Dispatch. He has covered Virginia's Capitol and campaigns for nearly three decades. Schapiro can heard Fridays at 8:45 a.m. during "Morning Edition."

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Political Analysis for Friday, March 3, 2017

Trump uses Virginia, a state he didn’t carry, as a backdrop for his proposed military buildup. On Thursday (3/2), Trump visits Newport News Shipbuilding, one of the state’s biggest manufacturers; among its biggest employers and one likely to prosper under Trump’s call for a 10 percent increase in the Pentagon budget.

Democratic congressman whose district includes shipyard, Bobby Scott, welcomes the proposed buildup as jobs-generator, but objects to financing Defense Department with cuts in human services.

Political Analysis for Friday, February 24, 2017

The General Assembly is wrapping up its 2017 session. Majority Leader Kirk Cox has been announced as the new House Speaker after former Speaker William Howell announced his retirement.

The Assembly has managed to present a budget that makes up the forecasted $1.5 billion gap.

Immigration law in Virginia will likely be a heavy focus during elections this fall.

House Chair Squashes Abortion Bills, Democrats Push Back Against Trump

Republicans are quietly killing abortion bills without debate following President Trump’s appointment of Neil Gorsuch to fill Antonin Scalia’s Supreme Court seat.

Attorney General Mark Herring filed a legal challenge against President Trump’s immigration order, and Dave Brat is accused of being inaccessible to his constituents.

Jeff Schapiro has this week’s political analysis.

Political Analysis For Friday, 1/27/17

Republicans push pay raises for state workers, state police.

Virginia senators are digging in against some Trump Cabinet nominees. Kaine – already opposing Rex Tillerson for State – will vote against Betsy DeVos for education secretary, expressing concerns about her supposedly hostile views on public education and possible ethical conflicts thru her family’s vast fortune. Warner says he’ll vote against Jeff Sessions for attorney general, citing Session’s perceived hostility to voting and civil rights.

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